The Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry is in the process of writing a new Strategic Plan that will set the bureau’s mission and overarching goals. It guides how the bureau provides leadership in forest management and conservation on both public and private lands in urban and rural areas.

This survey is intended to obtain input pertaining to the new Bureau of Forestry Strategic Plan. Please feel free to forward the link to this survey to others. Opinions about these critical strategic questions will prove valuable in the planning process. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

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* 1. How important are Pennsylvania forests to you?

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* 2. How did you learn the importance of Pennsylvania forests? Please select all that apply.

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* 3. Please tell us how important each of the following forest-related priorities is to you on a scale from Least Important to Most Important.

  Least Important  Slightly Important  Moderately Important  Important Most Important
Increasing or Maintaining the Amount of Forested Land: keep forests as forests; forest land protection/conservation
Sustainable Timber Harvesting: ensuring that forest trees are cut down for utilization in an environmentally responsible way
Sustainable Practices for Energy Resource Extraction: ensuring that natural gas drilling, pipeline construction, coal mining, oil drilling, and windmill construction in forests are done in an environmentally responsible way
Water Conservation: managing forests in a way that ensures plentiful, clean water supplies and adequate flood control
Controlling Wildfires:  putting out forest fires, wildfire prevention and education, Smokey Bear messaging
Managing Wild Plants and Ecosystems: habitat protection; threatened and endangered species protection
Managing Invasive Species: plants, forest pests, insects, and diseases that are not native to PA (e.g., spotted lanternfly, gypsy moth, multi-flora rose)
Adapting to Climate Change: adapting to effects of climate change (e.g., warmer temperatures, species migrations, extreme weather events) and reducing impact of climate change (e.g., using forest land to clean pollutants from the air)
Producing and Promoting Products made from Forests: (e.g., paper, wood, lumber, syrup)
Improving Forest Recreation and Access: ensuring widely accessible access for all citizens and different uses, reducing crowding problems
Education and Outreach: improving public knowledge of the benefits and importance of forests and trees

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* 4. During the past year, how often did you visit or utilize forest land, wooded areas, or other green space? This could include local parks, private land, state forest or game lands, state parks, national parks or forests, or conservancy lands.

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* 5. Which of the following types of forest land, wooded areas, or other green space have you used in the last year? Please check all that apply.

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* 6. In what ways do you typically use forest land, wooded areas, or other green space? Please select all that apply.

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* 7. What is the furthest distance (in miles) you would be willing to travel to visit forest land or a wooded area? If you are not willing to visit forest land or a wooded area, please enter 0.

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* 8. Assuming that you are visiting a forest or wooded area, please indicate whether each of the following would make your experience better, make your experience worse, or make no difference in your experience.

  Make experience much worse Make experience a little worse Make no difference in the experience Make experience a little better Make experience much better
Seeing trees being cut down or seeing an area where trees were recently cut
Hearing or seeing an off-road vehicle, ATV, or snowmobile
Seeing an educational sign or having maps/brochures available
Interacting with a forest ranger, educator, or guide person, or attending an educational event
Experiencing time alone (e.g., not seeing many other people)
Having someone to go with me
Encountering an organized recreational event (e.g., race, picnic/party)
Being able to visit a significant “attraction,” such as a nice waterfall, scenic trail, or historic site
Having access to recreation facilities (e.g., parking areas, camping sites, pavilions, toilets)
Having access to a cellular signal
Having access to emergency services (e.g., law enforcement, ambulance)

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* 9. What do you perceive as the top three values of forest land in Pennsylvania. Think specifically about forest land. Please select up to three.

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* 10. What do you perceive as the top three threats to forest land in Pennsylvania? Think specifically about forest land. Please select up to three.

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* 11. DCNR Bureau of Forestry manages 2.2 million acres (about 3,400 square miles) of publicly owned state forest land. Some of the top priorities for this land are to provide pure water, offer opportunities for recreation, conserve habitats for forest plants and animals, and manage timber for harvesting.

Currently, the bureau manages 11 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) trails totaling approximately 273 miles for motorized recreational use.

Do you think there should there be more, the same, or fewer ATV riding opportunities on Pennsylvania state forest land?

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* 12. Please indicate how important each of the following services provided by the DCNR Bureau of Forestry is on a scale from LEAST IMPORTANT to MOST IMPORTANT.

  Least Important  Slightly Important  Moderately Important  Important  Most important 
Management of State Forest Lands for public recreation
Management of State Forest Lands for timber harvesting
Management of State Forest Lands for oil and gas extraction
Assistance with private forest land management
Assistance with urban forests and city trees
Control of forest pests, including plants, insects, and disease
Prevention and suppression of wildfire
Environmental education on forests, trees, and plants
Conservation of native threatened and endangered plants

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* 13. DCNR Bureau of Forestry has added nearly 70,000 acres of state forest land to the state forest system since 2010. In the next 10 years, do you think the bureau should add more state forest acres, reduce the number of state forest acres, or keep the number of state forest acres the same?

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* 14. Prior to taking this survey, had you ever heard of the DCNR Bureau of Forestry?

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* 15. If you would like to be included in email updates on the DCNR Bureau of Forestry Strategic Plan, please enter your email address below.  This is optional.

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* 16. If you are a member of an organization that you believe would be interested in the DCNR Bureau of Forestry Strategic Plan, please let us know by providing contact information or a website for the organization below. You may also reach out to us at PaForester@pa.gov. This is optional.

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* 17. The following demographic questions will help us better understand trends and differences amongst survey respondents. This information will be valuable to us, but answering these questions is optional. Please skip any questions you do not wish to answer or select "I prefer not to answer."

What is your gender?

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* 18. What is your age?

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* 19. What best describes your ethnicity or race?

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* 20. What is your household income?

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* 21. What is your postal zip code?

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* 22. Which of the following describes you? (Check all that apply.)

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* 23. Do you consider this survey an effective tool for public participation in the DCNR Bureau of Forestry’s strategic planning effort?

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